To win a soccer game is simple – you have to score more goals than the opposition. But that isn’t so simple for teams playing the Skyline Eagles. The perennial state powerhouse has an experienced and talented back line making it very difficult to score even one goal, let alone enough to win a soccer game.
And if you’re lucky enough to break through that back line, there is Kyri Wixom to deal with. So, good luck with that.
Wixom will take his spot in goal next week as the Eagles begin District play. Skyline will host the District 5 soccer tournament with games starting on Monday. They drew an opening-round bye and will face the winner of the Huron-Ypsilanti game at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The Pioneer-Belleville winner will play the Saline-Lincoln winner in the other semifinal with the finals at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Skyline.
A likely final will match Skyline with Saline. The Hornets won the SEC Red title with an 8-0-2 record.
“We have an excellent group of guys,” says Wixom. “No one has the attitude that they are above the team. We all play as a team and are truly a family. And that’s important if you want to be successful.”
As a junior, Wixom split time on last year’s Skyline team that went undefeated in the regular season before losing in the Districts.
“That stung especially being the second year in a row,” Wixom said. “But we look back at that as something in the past. We want to learn from our mistakes and get better. That was tough but it’s in the past.”
Wixom’s love affair with the great game of soccer started at a very young age.
“I started playing soccer when I was 5-years-old,” he said. “All my friends were playing Rec and Ed so I joined them and just fell in love with the game.”
The better question is, “why goalie?”
“Yeah, that’s a great question and one I hear all the time,” he says with a laugh. “I started off playing striker but when I was about 10 years old I was put in goal for some reason and I really liked it. I like making the big saves, commanding the team and being a leader back there. It’s a lot of fun and a rewarding position.”
It was around that age that the game became serious enough to start playing club soccer. He currently plays for the Michigan Wolves.
“We’re really good,” he says. “We have a good team and hopefully should have a good season coming up.”
The Wolves play primarily in the Midwest, facing some elite competition in Michigan and other nearby states. They also will compete for a State Cup and participate in a few showcases, including one in Florida.
“We’ve done pretty well in State Cups,” he says. “We’ve never won one but have had some good results and played well.”
He says there is a big difference between club and high school.
“In high school you have your classmates playing with you and supporting you and you’re playing for your school,” he says. “It’s really intense in high school.”
Wixom, who only plays soccer, hopes to take his game to the next level after high school.
“Yeah, I have one offer on the table but I’m still looking at a couple other schools,” he said. “I definitely want to play in college.”
But first things first and that’s getting ready for Districts and keeping opponents off the scoreboard – which if they do, should result in plenty of success.
Main photo by Steve Hutnik SOCCER DISTRICT SCHEDULE: https://weloveannarbor.com/2018/10/08/soccer-skyline-fgr-hosts-districts-starting-on-oct-15/